“The single most important…”

This is a great recent overview about hand hygiene compliance monitoring systems.

Hand hygiene is the single most important component of an infection control program. However, for objectivity there is a need on using electronics-based technology. McGuckin et al. describes these methods as automated/semi-automated interventions (ASAIs).

ASAIs were identified by online searches using the terms electronic hand hygiene monitoring, electronic hand hygiene compliance, and hand hygiene compliance (sorting those with electronic interventions).

Sir Liam Donaldson, WHO Patient Safety, notes “appropriate technology should not only function under ideal conditions—it needs to function for real users, it should be simple, robust, and sustainable.” Further reviews would be welcome not only in compliance monitoring systems but to identify the best objective method to check the quality of hand sanitization.